IT Labor Force Getting Younger According to Janco

88,100 new IT Jobs created in the first eleven months of 2019 - Gen Z and Gen Y (Millennials) now make up 47% of the IT Labor Market

Park City – – Janco Associates - With retirements of Baby Boomers, advancement of Gen Xers, the complexion of the IT workspace is changing. The new generation of IT Pros looks younger. At the same time the IT Job Market continues to expand.

The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “Over 88,100 new IT jobs were created YTD as of  November 2019. That is well on target to create a total of 98K to 100K new jobs for the year.” He added, “At the same time, as younger individuals become CIOs, they tend to hire direct reports that are in their age groups. There still will be older IT specialist that have legacy skills who will remain in the workforce for some time.  However, management positions for them will be limited at best.  Blockchain, DPT, and applications on the Internet will be manned by IT pros who are in the 30 to 40-year-old age groups.”

Janulaitis said, ”Gen Y (Millennials) and Z make up over 47% of the total labor force, Gen Xers are 37%, and Baby Boomers have shrunk to only 16% of the total labor force.”

IT Labor Market Ager Distribution Change in IT Job Market size Oct 2019 Change in IT Job Market size November 2019

Janulaitis said, “The BLS added 5,800 new jobs to its initially reported September and October employment data for IT jobs.”  In addition, he added, “We are now completing our interview of CIOs for our January 2020 IT Salary Survey. They say that the time to hire new employees now closer to 3 to 4 months from the time the position is approved, and the individual is on staff. In 2018 the time for the same process was closer to 2 to 3 months. As a result, we have reduced our forecast to just over 90K new IT jobs versus our earlier reported 100K forecast.” 

IT Job Market Flat for FY 2024

There now are approximately 96K unemployed IT Professionals. The IT job market shrank by over 48,600 jobs in CY 2023. Overall that is a flattening of the long term growth rate pattern of IT job market.

IT Job Market Forecast

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Data complied and forecast updated by Janco Associates with data as of April 2024

The CEO said, “Compliance will be more of an issue in 2020 than this year with the new CCPA mandates that go into effect on January 1, 2020. One other factor will be the move towards Blockchain and DLT technology. To that end, Janco released a major update to its Compliance Management Kit and a new Blockchain Job Description Bundle last week. We believe that many of new positions created in 2020 will be driven by both compliance mandates and Blockchain applications.”

The CEO said, “With the high demand for IT Pros, the career opportunities outlook for IT professionals continues to be bright. Over the long term we feel that more individuals will look at IT concentrations at the university level. Also, professional trade schools will be able to expand the scope of their training and certification programs. The risk that companies face will be to validate the qualifications of new entrants into the IT job market as IT Pros.”

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Janco is an international consulting firm that follows issues that concern CIOs and CFOs. The firm publishes a series of IT and business Infrastructure HandiGuides® and Templates including IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Template, Security Template, IT Job Descriptions, and its semi-annual IT Salary Survey.